Militant killed in encounter in Manipur

Imphal: An unidentified militant was killed in an encounter with Assam Rifles personnel in interior Senapati district of Manipur today, official sources said.

The encounter took place when troops of 26th Assam Rifles battalion, following reports of movement of ultras, were conducting serch in Patbung and surrounding places under Senapati police station early this morning.

As they stepped up mopping up operation, they were fired upon, sources said and in the ensuing encounter, a militant was killed.

Some arms were recovered from the spot.

Over 450 persons have so far been killed in militancy-related crimes in Manipur this year.